two weeks ago, we went to ikea on a fact finding mission. i had no intention of purchasing a new couch, that day. the goal was simply to research options. the mission was accomplished! i found exactly what i wanted, and was eager to return to get a new couch!
last week’s planned return trip was kiboshed by a life-sucking attack of the flu.
this week, i was sure hoping the revised return trip to spend some money would come together without a hitch!
just what you want when you’re going to be transporting home a couch in the back of an open pick up truck. i crossed my fingers that the day would clear up. [little did i know that later on, environment canada issued severe storm warning and tornado watches for the evening, in the region!].
then we hit heavy traffic.
we made it!
ikea’s layout confuses me. i have to follow the blue arrows on the floor, or risk getting completely disoriented.
we made it to couches!
except, guess what? somehow, i confused the colour of cover i coveted (the orange) with the style of couch i wanted (which does not offer orange):
so, what to do? get the colour i want, in a style i don’t like as much, or get the style i really liked in a colour that i can spice up? yup. that’s what i thought, too.
i chose the off-white. maybe not the most practical colour option, but you can wash the couch cover, plus i really liked the softness of the corduroy fabric. i can just see me flaked out watching jersey shore. and i can throw any colour of accent pillow on there, quick as a flash.
to get out, it was back to following the arrows. of course, many temptations awaited along the way.
the only kind of ick part about ikea shopping is finding your stuff in the warehouse-style aisles. first prize, though, for clarity of labelling and ease of finding where you need to go:
two weeks ago, i saw this poster:
and ever since, i have been fixated on the idea of having an ikea hotdog. do you think the flu nixed that desire? not in the least. in fact, it made it stronger. [since the flu, i am still completely off of coffee and fresh vegetables; corn on the cob, pepperoni pizza, and cereal? cannot get enough].
i was so excited about my hotdog!!!
sadly, the line-up for the café looked like this:
but, a-ha! on to plan b!…
over to front street we drove, right into the heart of downtown toronto…
…to our family’s favourite hot dog truck:
fric-a-frac, was that ever delicious!
and the day was not yet over!
now, it was on to see adorable e and baby c!
for months, i have been telling the girls i will bring down my kit of hair barrettes. and i keep forgetting. aunti finally remembered!
the day’s excitement was STILL not over! remember that severe weather watch? well, driving home to waterloo, did not the heavens open and pour out sheets and blasts of rain, all while lightening danced continuously all over the sky, all the way from mississauga to home. and my new furniture was in the back of the truck. we got back, and b had done such a good job of securely tarping everything that it all was bone dry. amazing.
and that, my friends, should conclude the shopping updates for a little while. i know my bank book sure hopes that is the case!
what’s your shopping method? research and compare, or complete the task as quickly as possible? i know that if i’m obsessing over an item for more than 24 hours, i really do want it. my in-the-heat-of-the-moment mistakes of the past have included: designer jeans, clipless pedals for my bike, leather pants…i’ve learned to
stop, drop and roll stop, think and budget!